Travelling to Jamaica in Covid 19
After successfully navigating a path towards low infections and deaths in the early stages of the pandemic Jamaica has now deteriorated to a level of high infection rates. The recent government elections and opening of the borders are two factors that have contributed to this. The authorities have again decided to clamp down with restrictive measures including relating to visitors.
Visitors can expect to be in quarantine for two weeks. At the port of arrival you will be advised of the isolation measures that you are expected to undertake and an app will be downloaded to your phone. The app will signal if you have left the premises that you are registered to stay. The authorities will call you each day inquiring about your well being and to see if your body temperature is normal. Visitors from certain high infection rate countries have to arrive with a negative Covid test result. See more here
Daily life has been affected in every way. There is now a curfew that starts from 8pm. All places of business have rules to ensure that customers dont get too close to each other and public transportation has taken measures to reduce the number of passengers in each vehicle. Events are basically non existent so the usual lively social atmosphere is gone.
The ministry of tourism is very proactive in establishing rules to ensure that hotels maintain proper hygiene practices. The tourism sector continues to get battered and occupancy levels are low. This is now the traditional low season but it is expect that the winter season will see a significant increase.
Locals have mixed feelings about tourism right now and many feel that the government opened up the borders too early. There is no open hostility but visitors would be advised to be respectful of the precautions and measures since most Jamaicans are very worried about the spread.
On a positive note, the nature is still beautiful and with the lack of mass tourism there is less environmental degradation. People who are looking to stay an extended period and relax in the less densely populated areas may find it a very opportune time particularly since the Jamaican dollar has devalued by 10% in the last few months and accommodation providers are flexible with long term stays.
It is expected that when the numbers start to fall and the curve flatten, the strict measures currently in place will loosen. It is hard to predict when however, it is likely in our opinion that by early new year things could get simpler.